7.15.2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DTI-Agusan del Norte launches Caraga’s 2nd Negosyo Center

BUTUAN CITY, July 15 (PIA) -  The region launched its 2nd Negosyo Center (NC) as one of the culminating highlights of the city’s annual Balangay Festival recently.

On hand to grace the affair were Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., members of the city council led by the Committee on Trade and Industry chair Ryan Culima and Committee on Gender and Development chair Rema Erigbuagas-Burdeos. The city officials were joined by members of the City Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, the academe, representatives from regional line agencies and SME organizations of the city.

In attendance also were the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Knowledge Management Information Service (KMIS) Director Patricia May Abejo, DTI- Caraga  Regional  Director  Brielgo O.  Pagaran  and  the  DTI-Agusan del Norte and Regional Office staff.

OIC provincial director Gay Tidalgo in welcoming the guests said the setting up of the Negosyo Center is not only in compliance with the law “but to provide further support to the micro entrepreneurs who are our prime movers of the economy. How are we going to enhance our assistance to them?  Negosyo  Center  is  the  answer.”    She  said  the  center  will handle  “anything  about business from start-up to expansion.”

Mayor Amante said that with the stiff competition with other cities or locations the city may have a hard time luring bigger investments.  And yet he is very happy because “now we can be sure that we will be serving our micro, small enterprises with our Negosyo Center.”

Councilor Culima is likewise upbeat. He thanked the DTI for partnering actively with the city government to grow its economy.  He looks forward to having potential investors for the city to be welcomed by the Negosyo Center with its enticing ambience and the city investment officer coming to the center to assist in the servicing.

Pagaran congratulated everyone present and called on their full support for the center.

He then led the signing of the pledge of commitment.  The latter was done in lieu of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the signing of which was scheduled on another date due to prior  commitments  of  some  of  the  principal signatories.  The latter include the principals of the Butuan City Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Father Saturnino Urios University, Philippine Institute of Certified Accountants (PICPA) – Butuan City and Agusan del Norte Chapter, Caraga State University, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Technical Education Skills Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment, Caraga Regional Association of Traders and Entrepreneurs (CREATE) Food, Inc. and the city government of Butuan.

The activity also has as side feature the launching of the Shared Service Facility for the city’s Creative Industry (music sector). (NC Coordinating Unit-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


1st Negosyo Center in Surigao Sur: it’s all about the entrepreneurs

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 15 (PIA) - “Today we will be reingeneering entrepreneurial development through the Negosyo Center.”

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Sur (SdS) officer in-charge Romel Oribe told guests in the recent launching of the Negosyo Center in the DTI-SdS Provincial Office last June 30, 2015..

He personally led the guests to tour the different areas of the center which he describes further as an interactive one-stop shop and welcoming set up for clients.

Lorna Novo, head of the city’s Cooperative Development Unit who represented City Mayor Roxanne C. Pimentel said the city recognizes the importance of the event.  She said that the “Go Negosyo Act” is heaven sent.  She shared that the city government of Tandag is also doing and pursuing several enterprise and livelihood development projects.

“The establishment of the center signals hope for our micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) especially in the much needed marketing assistance.”  This, she said will complement the LGU’s efforts in helping facilitate the establishment of a marketing cooperative to help entrepreneurs.

This was echoed by Manuel Acosta representative of Congressman Philip Pichay of the 1st district.  He said the Negosyo Center can further provide complementation for the existing industries including mining through information services for entrepreneurs going into  fabrictaion of tools,  other allied and support services.

Acosta said Congressman Pichay is a businessman himself and knows that any help would be very much appreciated especially among starting businessmen.  He thanked DTI for the center and for the help it will be extending to entrepreneurs in the province.

Representing Provincial Governor Johnny Pimentel is Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member  Eleonor D. Momo.

She relayed the Governor’s congratulations to all stakeholders for the establishment of the center.

Luke Buniel from the Office of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino also congratulated the DTI-SdS for the very impressive center.  He challenged the members of the Tandag Chamber to volunteer as mentors and to take time to be present at the center.  He said the Office of Sen. Bam is committed to support all Negosyo Centers.

DTI-Caraga regional director Brielgo O. Pagaran in his closing remarks and in a subsequent interview with the local press expressed his hope that  the Negosyo Center can help LGUs and civil society organizations in packaging and implementing high impact Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) projects.

The Negosyo Center located at the DTI-Surigao del Sur Provincial Office is the first to be established in the province and the fourth in the Caraga Region.

The Go Negosyo Act or Republic Act 10644 authored by Senator Aquino provides for the setting up of Negosyo Centers in all cities and municipalities in the country. (NC Coordinating Unit-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte guv to deliver SOPA

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 15 (PIA) – Governor Sol F. Matugas is expected to deliver her State of the Province Address (SOPA) at the third or fourth week of July, this year focusing on three major areas: Developing the Infrastructure Base; Promoting Good Governance; and Expanding the HEALS (health, education, agri-aquaculture, livelihood and tourism, social services) Program.

The governor will also underscore on a number of facilities which were completed in Siargao Island reaching a total amount of more than P46 million from 2014 to 2015, and a total of more than P36 million are still on-going, it was learned.

With the effort of the 1st district congressman Francisco T. Matugas, the province has seen the successful implementation of several infrastructure projects implemented thru the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Phil Ports Authority (PPA), TIEZA and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).

For the infrastructure development in the mainland in 2014 to 2015, a total of 86.178 kilometer roads were rehabilitated, improved, maintained and constructed, and a remaining 5.2 km-stretch is on-going.

Various buildings were also completed for government services use reaching an amount of P75,556,112.42 million and there are on-going constructions reaching a total amount of P16,581,828.01 million.

Moreover, land development structures were also 100 percent completed, as well as other structures that provide support for the delivery of basic services. Since the day that she assumed responsibility, the governor has initiated and sustained concrete reforms in upholding and maintaining good governance in the context of promoting transparency and accountability, providing promoting public participation and empowering local government units (LGUs), ensuring responsive services and policies, strengthening local revenue generation and developing the human resource.

Financial assistance was also made available to the local government units like assistance to international events, local festivals, Panambay sa Barangay, infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects and activities, water system and flood control projects.

The governor will also make public her important decisions and impressive performance which perfectly demonstrate a timely, appropriate and responsive service to the needs of the Surigaonons by conducting regular Barangay and Municipal Officials Dialogues, various fora, summits, and dialogues with different sectors in the community such as the farmers, fisherfolks, and others to address issues hounding communities on top of her fresh targets for 2016. (SDR/PGO-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cabadbaran City honors veteran official

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, July 15 (PIA) - The city government of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte recognized the late Atty. Virgilio N. Atega, Sr. as one of the mayors of the city and honored him by naming a city street under his name.

The said recognition was given because of his unselfish devotion to duty and uncommon patriotic zeal as mayor of Cabadbaran during the tumultuous years of the Pacific War, it was learned.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan, through the recommendation of Provincial Board Member James T. Reserva, recently approved the City Ordinance No. 2015-002 of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Cabadbaran recognizing and honoring Atega, Sr.

The approval of the said measure was valid pursuant to Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991, which authorizes every local government units to exercise powers necessary, appropriate or incidental for its efficient and effective governance and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare and shall ensure and support among other things the preservation and enrichment of culture.

Section 13 c (2) of the same Code also authorizes the sanggunians of component cities and municipalities, in consultation with the Philippine Historical Commission, to change the name of the city, municipal and barangay roads, avenues, boulevards, thoroughfares and bridges. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tandag City COMELEC to step up voter validation

By Greg Tataro Jr

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 15 (PIA) – The COMELEC office here plans to exert more effort in campaigning for voter validation.

Atty. Riza Constantino, city election officer, said every possible way to woo registered voters for “biometrics registration” has already been employed, but to little avail.

She cited going with civic action (CVAC), making use of crawl ads on local TV, satellite registration and even coordinating with barangay officials as well as attending meetings with the Association of Barangay Council (ABC) aside from launching an information drive.

Voter validation in COMELEC parlance means “the adding of a registered voter’s biometrics into his existing records using the Voter Registration Machine (VRM).”

The city election chief believed more of the registered voters are still so used to doing things at crunch time, reminding that deadline is on October 31, 2015.

Based on official records, Tandag City, which is comprised of 21 barangays, has a total of 32,399 registered voters, 596 of which have incomplete biometrics data, while 1,258 have yet to go for biometrics registration all the way. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


P720M concrete bridge in SurSur town set for soft-opening

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 15 (PIA) – At long last, the 320-meter long Tago-La Paz concrete bridge traversing the Tago river in Tago town, 8 kilometers south, this city, with a total appropriation of P720 million, is slated for soft-opening at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.

District Engr. Joseph Calderon of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) First Engineering District Office here confirmed the long-awaited event with a simple program split into three:  Blessing by Rev. Fr. Apolinar Orozco via a drive thru; Invocation, then Pambansang Awit to be followed by the welcome address of Tago Mayor Rogelio Pimentel and the Briefing/Overview of Project by DPWH Caraga regional director Danilo Versola.  To cap the program are the messages of First District Congressman Philip Pichay, Governor Johnny Pimentel, and Usec. Romeo Momo, respectively.

However, the public works district chief clarified his office has nothing to do with such a massive infrastructure project, citing that supervisory powers rest on DPWH Caraga Regional Office.  

Meanwhile, based on some significant details as reflected on the invitation program sent to Governor Johnny Pimentel, and likewise according to DPWH Caraga Regional Office Construction Section Engr. Maribeth Burgos, the bridge construction started in 1991 through the supervision of DPWH Regional Office XI when the province was still under the said region.

But upon creation of Caraga in 1995, where the province of Surigao del Sur now belongs, DPWH Caraga Regional Office took over the same authority on the resumption of construction of the bridge in 1997 with an initial appropriation of P12 million followed by P22 million in 1998.  Lamentably, everything came to a complete stop afterwards.

But, by a stroke of luck, after seven long years of being a “white elephant,” construction came to life in 2005 with P20 million funding followed by the same amount in 2006.  Since then, annual appropriations in a much bigger bulk—P30M, P110M, P96M, P150M, P200M—were poured in until 2011.   But, then, again, two succeeding years came on empty, until finally the release of P60 million in 2014.

It can be recalled that the Aquino administration has vowed to complete all pending major infrastructure projects before its term ends in 2016, hence the lion’s shares of funding releases for the final completion of Tago-La Paz bridge.

With this completion, travel time of commuters here going down south or vice-versa is, at least, half an hour shorter, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Dakbayan sa Butuan mipahigayon ug tigum alang sa gipanday nga bag-ong ordinansa

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Hulyo 15 (PIA) – Usa ka panagtigom ang gitawag ni City Vice Mayor Angelo “Angie” Calo niadtong Martes sa may alas 10:00 a.m. ang takna, nga gitambungan ni City Director Romeo Solis sa sa DILG, City Budget Officer Danilo Furiar, City Disaster Coordinating Council Gracia Espere, PAIAD Officer Eldemira Avenida,  OSM (Office of the Strategic Management) officer Edwin Pincenabes alang sa paghan-ay sa ordinansa nga “ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE SEAL OF GOOD BARANGAY GOVERNANCE PROGRAM.”

Sa nahisgutan nga panagpulong, gisay-say ni Vice Mayor Calo ang mga mamahimong komento, kontribusyon ug mga rekomendasyon sa mga partisipante sa maong panagpulong alang sa mamaayong pagpanday niining balaodnon.

“Kinahanglan adunay relasyon ang barangay ngadto sa syudad. Mapaambit ang pamalakad sa maayong pang-gobyerno (Good Governance) ngadto sa mga kabarangayan nga maoy unyay sumbanan sa pagpili ug mga ligdong nga opisyales sa atong kabarangayan,” pamahayag ni Vice Mayor ”Angie” Calo.

Mipaambit usab si DILG City Director Romeo Solis sa “Reward System” og mga posibleng ganti nga madawat sa barangay nga mamahimong “PINAKAMADYAW NGA BARANGAY HONG BUTUAN” kung kini maka pasar sa mga kriterya nga sumbanan alang sa “Good Governance” subay sa maong SP Resolution.

Sa pagtapos sa maong panagpulong, misugyot si Vice Mayor Calo labina sa DILG, nga pagalantawon ang panahon sa pagpanday niini, og gi tahasan sa pag-sumiter sa pinakadali nga panahon. (R.Sencil/VMO-PRO)